Habakkuk 2:3 AMPC For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.
This promise was given to me in 1981. From time to time I revisited it and wondered if the Lord had forgotten His promise. As you may have read in my early posts, my siblings and I grew up in an extremely abusive home. Some siblings will turn against each other but we did not. As adults we grew apart but I prayed earnestly for us to come back together after our parents died. God gave me the above promise during a family crisis in 1981 and I held onto it desperately. Now we are all older and various health issues are becoming noticeable.
Recently an older brother was put in a nursing home. Our prayers focused on him intently because he was the brunt of physical and emotional violence as a child that shaped his life, his marriage and his children. Although he is a Jesus-follower, he has carried bitterness that made staying in touch difficult. Still, we saw the good deep down inside of him and understood the deep wounding, and increased our prayers. When I went to visit him, he was open to listening to some of my gentle comments about how God had healed me. Even after forgiving our parents and others, I still had unhealed wounds and discovered that Jesus would take my griefs and sorrows and give me a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
A younger brother has managed to forgive and cancel our parents’ debts and has also experienced extensive emotional healing. The two men live several states away from each other, but recently the younger made it a point to visit the elder brother. After a casual conversation the younger brother offered to pray the Aaronic Blessing over the elder brother with words of explanation.
The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26 RSV)
When the prayer was ended both the elder brother and his wife were weeping. Then to the younger brother’s surprise, the elder brother blessed his younger brother! Oh, what a surprise and utterly thrilling! It was an unexpected and very sacred moment. Though the younger brother has blessed his siblings in lieu of an absent father, nobody has blessed him. That his elder brother would bless the younger one took on huge meaning. Later I shared with the younger brother the above verse promised to me so long ago. There is still spiritual work to be done in our family but our faith is high that our Lord and Master will complete His work in us and we will become one in Jesus.